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Nanomaterials & Nanoengineering

Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering

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Build a comprehensive and applied knowledge base for nanomaterials processing, characterization, and nanodevice development with the UW–Madison master’s in Nanomaterials and Nanoengineering.


Is this program right for you?

As a student in the UW–Madison master’s in Nanomaterials and Nanoengineering program, you will develop a unique understanding of innovative research and applications in topics ranging from organic nanostructures to nanoscale assembly techniques to nonmanufacturing processes.

Our faculty works together to solve some of the world’s most difficult and challenging problems. UW–Madison’s Materials Science and Engineering faculty have been consistently recognized for their achievements and developments in the materials field.

If you want to continue your education and further your career in the field of Materials Science and Engineering, we can help. With our accelerated master’s degree program and support from expert faculty, you will graduate prepared to enter the field in just one year.

Is this program right for you?

As a student in the UW–Madison master’s in Nanomaterials and Nanoengineering program, you will develop a unique understanding of innovative research and applications in topics ranging from organic nanostructures to nanoscale assembly techniques to nonmanufacturing processes.

Our faculty works together to solve some of the world’s most difficult and challenging problems. UW–Madison’s Materials Science and Engineering faculty have been consistently recognized for their achievements and developments in the materials field.

If you want to continue your education and further your career in the field of Materials Science and Engineering, we can help. With our accelerated master’s degree program and support from expert faculty, you will graduate prepared to enter the field in just one year.

Admissions requirements

All applicants must:

  • Have a Bachelor of Science in the physical sciences or engineering from an accredited institution.
  • Have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0.
  • Submit evidence of English language proficiency, if applicable. The required proficiency scores are: TOEFL IBT 92, PBT 580; or IELTS 7.0.

Ideal applicants will:

  • Have taken mathematics through differential equations, at least one year each of general physics and chemistry, a course in physical chemistry or modern physics, and an elementary course in properties of materials. If not, these courses must be made up as soon as possible after entering the program.

Application materials required:

  • Online application
  • Statement of purpose
  • Transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation

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Program highlights

  • The Nanomaterials and Nanoengineering master’s degree is accelerated, so you graduate in just 1 year.
  • It’s also course-only, so you complete your degree in a predictable time frame.
  • With more than $12.8 million in annual research expenditures, nearly 100 patents, and 13 startups, our faculty and students are at the forefront of scientific discovery and real-world translation.
  • As a UW engineering student, you have access to a community of engineers, so you can network and work alongside faculty and alumni who care about your success.

University of Wisconsin–Madison ranked Best Online Graduate Engineering Programs and Best Engineering Grad Schools by U.S. News & World Report.

How you'll learn

  • Twelve months of full-time study on campus to earn your degree.
  • Complete the program in one academic year (fall, spring, summer). Courses begin in the fall semester only.
  • Students who hold a graduate degree may transfer up to 9 credits of prior graduate work.
  • UW–Madison engineering students may count up to 7 credits of coursework numbered 300 or above towards degree.

Sample curriculum

Fall Semester

  • Introduction to Materials Science
  • Materials Research Seminar
  • Thermodynamics of Solids
  • Crystallography and X-Ray Diffraction
  • Structure and Properties of Advanced Electronic Materials

Spring Semester

  • Materials Research Seminar
  • Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology
  • Polymeric Materials
  • Fundamentals of Atomistic Modeling
  • Molecular Dynamics and Monte Carlo Simulations in Materials Science

Summer

  • Independent Study

Job outlook

Top Job Titles
  • Process Engineer
  • Materials Engineer
  • Applications Engineer
  • Research Scientist
  • Product Support Engineer
  • Engineer

Market Salary
$64K median salary in 20191

Top Employers
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc.
  • Bruker Company
  • Aramco Services Company
  • Lockheed Martin Corporation

Source: Burning Glass Technologies: Labor Insight. 2020.
Source 1: NACE 2019 Salary Survey

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Our friendly, knowledgeable enrollment coaches are here to answer your questions. Contact an enrollment coach to:

  • Learn how to make this program work with your life/schedule
  • Verify credit transfers
  • Get help with your application
  • Determine if financial aid is available

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